Family of murdered security guard speaks out

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The family of a security guard murdered Friday morning at a Phoenix apartment complex is speaking out. Meantime, police are still searching for the killer.

At about 1:30 a.m., police were called to the complex near 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found Jeffrey Bellemare, 59, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Phoenix firefighters pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to police, Bellemare was working as a security guard at the time.

Friday night, 3TV spoke to some of his family members, who are trying to make sense of this killing.

"Jeffrey was a wonderful husband and father; he was very loving," they told us. "There's nothing he wouldn't do for his family. There's nothing he wouldn't do for his community. He loved his residents. All he wanted to do was make a difference. He didn't deserve this. He was protecting and doing his job."

There is a growing memorial at the complex where Bellemare worked. Residents there say he was far more than just a security guard.

Police do not have any information about the suspect in Bellemare's killing, but witnesses reported seeing a suspicious vehicle fleeing the complex after they heard gunshots.

Police are searching for an older model, light-colored sedan with damage to the fender on the driver's side. The vehicle is also believed to have a vinyl top but is not a convertible.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Phoenix Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.